Told by their parents that they are getting a divorce, Sport and Jeb Sharewood now have to decide who they are going to live with. They decide they would rather live with Aunt T, the woman they've met by traveling through a portal at the bottom of their swimming pool. Ar the other end is an idyllic world where children play and there are few adults. Aunt T is a kindly old woman but Sport is far more reluctant than Jeb to accept her invitation to stay with them. Written by
Both children speak with Southern accents while their urbane parents have nondescript American accents. The writer Earl Hamner Jr. (who later created The Waltons (1971)) hearkened back to the children in the film To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). In the film, the children were named Scout and Jem. In this episode, the children are Sport and Jeb. Mary Badham played both Scout and Sport. See more »
In the second scene with Aunt T, Jeb silently mouths Sport's lines as she recites them. See more »
A brief epilogue for concerned parents. Of course, there isn't any such place as the gingerbread house of Aunt T, and we grownups know there's no door at the bottom of a swimming pool that leads to a secret place. But who can say how real the fantasy world of lonely children can become? For Jeb and Sport Sharewood, the need for love turned fantasy into reality; they found a secret place - in the Twilight Zone.
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Mary Badham's name in To Kill A Mockingbird was Scout, and her brother's name was Jem. Her name here is Sport, and her brother is Jeb. Just thought that was rather odd, and wonder if Earl Hamner did that as a paean to Harper Lee.
I was very distracted by the overdubbing - as others have mentioned, so clearly June Foray. I kept expecting Rocket J. Squirrel to show up. Clearly Mary Badham knew how to project - she certainly did so in TKAM and This Property Is Condemned. I can't imagine why the dubbing was used.
I thought this was a fitting end to the series - an escape from a bad situation via a magic portal.
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